New Orleans & Mississippi River Country | Tauck

French Quarter, New Orleans
French Quarter, New Orleans

New Orleans & Mississippi River Country

8 days | Roundtrip New Orleans | from $4,790


Explore New Orleans and the Mississippi River Country on this Tauck Small Group Tour. As a Tauck insider, you’ll enjoy exclusive private events – like a private demonstration and lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking, a private jazz experience at the world-famous Preservation Hall, a private mint julep reception and mansion house dinner, and many more exclusive events.

As you travel to Baton Rouge, you’ll explore the bayou on an alligator bayou boat tour, visit Louisiana’s historic Mississippi River plantations, and enjoy state-of-the-art exhibits, a 4-D experience, and a fascinating visit to the National World War II Museum.

This tour is part of the Ken Burns American Journeys – you’ll experience exclusive, on-tour film vignettes by filmmaker Ken Burns.

This Small Group Tour is  limited to 24 guests and led by an experienced Tour Director. Tauck offers a collection of Small Group travel experiences.

Trip Highlights

  • Tauck Exclusive: Filmed narratives by filmmaker Ken Burns that tell the New Orleans and American story.
  • Private culinary demonstration and lunch at the New Orleans School of Cooking.
  • Private Mint julep reception and mansion house dinner at Nottoway Resort.
  • Private jazz experience at Preservation Hall, dedicated to the preservation of traditional New Orleans jazz.
  • Flightseeing tour of New Orleans for views of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, canals, and wetlands.
  • Guided alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat.
Mississippi River, Baton Rouge
Mississippi River, Baton Rouge

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1: Arrive New Orleans, Louisiana

Transfer from Louis Armstrong International Airport to Hotel Monteleone. Evening welcome cocktail reception, followed by dinner at the hotel. (D)

DAY 2: New Orleans

TExplore iconic Canal Street, the historic homes, boutiques and cafés of the Warehouse District, and the Mississippi River waterfront. Discover the French Quarter from venerable Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the fabled Bourbon Street on a guided walking tour. Private cooking demonstration at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Attend an exclusive. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: New Orleans

Begin the day with a flightseeing tour of New Orleans with commentary by your pilot. You’ll also learn about the unique geological environment of New Orleans, America’s only city situated below sea level at a private lecture. The afternoon and evening are free to explore New Orleans. (B)

DAY 4: Baton Rouge

Depart New Orleans for an alligator bayou tour in an excursion boat with a local guide. Continue to Baton Rouge for lunch at a local restaurant and guided visit to the Old State Capitol before arriving at Nottoway Resort – an 1850’s sugarcane estate. Enjoy a guided tour and a private mint julep reception, followed by an elegant private dinner, accompanied by a string quartet. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: Baton Rouge & Mississippi River Country

Visit Houmas House and Gardens along the “big bend” of the Mississippi River. A docent provides insider information on a guided historic house tour; afterwards have lunch and stroll through some of its 38 acres of exquisite gardens. This afternoon, visit Whitney Plantation and a guided walking tour of it’s memorials and restored buildings. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: New Orleans

Return to New Orleans this morning and a guided visit of the National World War II Museum, beginning with a viewing of the award-winning multi-media experience “Beyond All Boundaries,” produced and narrated by Tom Hanks. Afterwards, check into the The Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter and enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B,L)

DAY 7: New Orleans

Continue your tour of New Orleans with sightseeing and walking tour in the Garden District. Hop aboard an authentic New Orleans streetcar a private streetcar tour along Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring more of New Orleans at your leisure. This evening is at famed Arnaud’s Restaurant for a private farewell jazz reception, followed by dinner. (B,D)

DAY 8: Depart New Orleans

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Nottoway Resort, Louisiana


Hotel Monteleone | New Orleans, Louisiana
The Hotel Monteleone is one of last great family-owned hotels in New Orleans, in operation since 1886. Featuring a rooftop swimming pool and full-service spa and the famed Carousel Bar, a part of New Orleans’ legendary history.

Nottoway Resort | White Castle, Louisiana
Nottoway Resort is home to the South’s largest existing antebellum mansion, stunningly restored, offering guided tours, luxurious guest rooms, classic Creole-inspired cuisine, gracious southern hospitality and impeccable service.

The Ritz-Carlton | New Orleans, Louisiana
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the hotel features elegant furnishings and art reflecting the Garden District’s antebellum mansions. Enjoy luxurious accommodations and its iconic 25,00 square foot destination spa.

Dates and Pricing

Multiple 2022-2023 Departures | From $4,790 per person

This is a Ken Burns American Journeys Tour. Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published, and subject to availability.

Contact us for more information about specific dates, pricing, and availability.


  • Tauck Tour Director and expert Local Guides
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 16 meals as noted in itinerary
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes and porterage

About Tauck

Tauck prides itself on delivering outstanding personal service, uncompromising standards for quality, and a steadfast commitment to making the most of your vacation time – a brand promise Tauck made in 1925 and hasn’t deviated from since.

Tauck has developed longstanding relationships with its travel partners to bring guests incomparable travel experiences around the world. Expert Tauck Directors handle all your travel details seamlessly, and along with local experts, are extremely knowledgeable about the destinations you visit.

Ken Burns American Journeys: Leading storyteller and filmmaker Ken Burns and filmmaker Dayton Duncan have teamed with Tauck to bring to life the films, stories, and insights that shaped the history of the United States, creating over 100 original film vignettes and exclusive tours.

Contact us for more information about travel adventures with Tauck.

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